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Dafen Oil Painting Village

Buji Neighborhood Committee, Longang District, Shenzhen 518112, China
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Ranked #12 of 335 Attractions in Shenzhen
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village is almost entirely dedicated to painting. Get a self-portrait done or request a freshly-painted Van Gogh or Rembrandt.

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East London, South Africa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

I have visited Dafen twice, and on both occasions found it to be a wonderfully bizarre experience. The people are friendly and are eager to showcase their art from within the bounds of impressive glass-structured studios, to far more humble studios under stairways and alleyways. Make sure that you have time to fully enjoy the experience of the Dafen Painting... More

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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

We took a taxi from Louhu railway to Dafen, 30-ish RMB and 15 mins later - we discovered DAFEN Artists District. It is a super interesting place to visit if you like art. Very soho/bohemian like. We ended up purchasing 2 paintings which were swiftly wrapped up for us. Whilst we had been to SZ 5 times, this was the... More

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Hong Kong
5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

A very interesting place with rows of painting shops lying in a village. All the shops are in small scale, like a family business. In every lane between the shops, there is a painter drawing under light. No matter they are copying, or they are creating original painting art work, you are unable to neglect their skills and hard work.... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We visited Dafen Oil Painting Village in October and had a fantastic day. We were lucky enough to have a local friend with us to show us around and do the bargaining for us. Our local friend mentioned to us that the prices for the paintings were much higher for tourists so doing some bargaining is a must! To start... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I really enjoyed this excursion. I was staying in Shenzhen, saw that Dafen was a subway stop, jumped on the awesome subway, and was there in about 30 minutes. Once I saw the Wal-mart, I knew it was just down the steps to the right. We walked around the little streets and alleys, watched the artists paint, found some fun... More

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Wellington, NZ
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Fascinating village of small streets with painters set up and everything you could imagine for painting on sale. Worth a quick visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Dafen is a "painters village" situated about 40 mn away from city center. The fun fact of it is that it's literally like a village, but with lots of painters / sculptors shops offering their skilful services at very competitive prices. It's fun to go there for an afternoon and walk randomly across the small streets. You can find pieces... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

If you visit Shenzhen you have to see the place where about 5000 painters create 60% of the world's oil paintings. Watch painters doing their art work in streets or their small galleries. Replicas is the big deal, but you are also able to find great individual art work. We gave them photos of our kids and places we visited... More

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6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I loved this place, the prices were amazing, my biggest regret is not going back again and buying a few more of the paintings. Next time when I go China, I'm going to buy more and more painting, also it's cheaper compared to Temple street in Hong Kong plus you can bargain here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

In the town in which I live Pizza Hut has recently opened a branch next door to Dominos. Both are take-aways. What on earth persuaded them that it was a good idea to have two outlets, selling essentially the same product, adjacent to each other? Only people ordering food by phone for delivery wouldn't know of the next-door outlet. And... More

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